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Livestreaming Prelude 2020: Sites of Revolution
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Livestreaming Prelude 2020: Sites of Revolution

Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center

Tuesday 20 October to Friday 30 October 2020
New York City
Performance and XR 2020 (PXR2020) Symposium
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Performance and XR 2020 (PXR2020) Symposium

A Virtual Reality Symposium for Canadian artists and XR technologists, exploring creation and performance in XR

Friday 2 October to Saturday 10 October
Canada
Puppetry and Disability Aesthetics
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Puppetry and Disability Aesthetics

by Marina Tsaplina
4 May 2020
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Livestreaming Prelude 2020: Sites of Revolution
Video

Livestreaming Prelude 2020: Sites of Revolution

Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center

Tuesday 20 October to Friday 30 October 2020
New York City

The 2020 Prelude Festival: Sites of Revolution, brings together artists, critics, activists, and producers from New York City and beyond to explore the many ways in which revolutions are taking place today.

digital rendering of city street with white text PERFORMANCE XR 2020
Performance and XR 2020 (PXR2020) Symposium
Video

Performance and XR 2020 (PXR2020) Symposium

A Virtual Reality Symposium for Canadian artists and XR technologists, exploring creation and performance in XR

Friday 2 October to Saturday 10 October
Canada

Toasterlab presented the symposium Performance and XR 2020 (PXR2020) livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv from Friday 2 October to Saturday 10 October 2020.

Daylight lighting. The puppeteer, dressed in black, is sitting on a short black cube on a grey stage in front of bookshelves. The puppet, with white body and light blue costume, is sitting on the puppeteers knee. The puppet head, bald and painted off-white, is blocking the puppeteers face. The puppet's right leg is separate from the rest of its body, connected to the right leg and toes of the puppeteer. There is a large space between the two puppet legs. The gesture of the right hand of the puppet is raised
Puppetry and Disability Aesthetics
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Puppetry and Disability Aesthetics

4 May 2020

Marina Tsaplina examines the complexity of the word “disability,” how puppetry can push forward disability justice, and disability aesthetics, offering what she deems a “grammar of animacy” for artists working with disability.

an actor onstage
Taking Risks to Promote Community with Visky’s Juliet
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Taking Risks to Promote Community with Visky’s Juliet

20 April 2020

Neil Blackadder writes about three productions of Juliet at Chicago’s Theatre Y, including the most recent one that configured and filled the small black-box space in an unusual way.

two actors onstage
Pandemic Theatre Aesthetic
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Pandemic Theatre Aesthetic

7 April 2020

Jonathan Mandell examines the new theatrical landscape brought on by COVID-19 and discusses the emerging aesthetic—one that is low-tech, low-key, one-on-one, close-up.

three people writing on a large circular paper hanging on a wall
Visual Storytelling in Socially Engaged Performance
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Visual Storytelling in Socially Engaged Performance

26 February 2020

Irina Kruzhilina discusses the importance of visuals as a means of expression in politically and socially engaged theatre.

three actors onstage
Moving Towards a Migratory Dramaturgy
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Moving Towards a Migratory Dramaturgy

11 February 2020

Devika Ranjan talks about the ways in which migration can influence performance structures, what she has identified as “migratory dramaturgy.”

an actor onstage
How the way she spoke Resuscitated the Power of Storytelling Through Minimalism
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How the way she spoke Resuscitated the Power of Storytelling Through Minimalism

10 November 2019

Sean Anthony Chia examines the impact of a powerful story—one without spectacle—through the lens of Isaac Gomez’s the way she spoke.

four actors onstage surrounding by an audience standing
Drag, Disco, and the Donkey
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Drag, Disco, and the Donkey

Performed Masculinities in American Repertory Theater’s The Donkey Show

23 October 2019

James Montaño discusses The Donkey Show, cross-gendered performances vs. drag, camp as an aesthetic concept, and more.

actors onstage
Don’t Wish, Do It Yourself
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Don’t Wish, Do It Yourself

Women Finding Their Power in Cendrillon

17 October 2019

Shari Caplan discusses Opera del West’s recent production of Cendrillon at the Boston Center for the Arts.

a person seated and blindfolded
Notes on Making Theatre in the Dark
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Notes on Making Theatre in the Dark

15 October 2019

Ezra Brain discusses the experience of creating a piece of theatre in the dark, the theory of “rasa,” the act of performance, and more.

exterior of a theatre space
Participatory Theatre
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Participatory Theatre

Europe’s Game Changer

4 August 2019

verity healey does a deep-dive into the Our Stage – 4th European Bürgerbühne Festival, which took place in Dresden, Germany, in May 2019.

three actors onstage
Tragedy That Heals Amid Heartbeat Laws
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Tragedy That Heals Amid Heartbeat Laws

Melinda Lopez’s Yerma

31 July 2019

Shari Caplan discusses the Huntington Theatre’s production of Yerma.

four actors onstage
Try Not to Make a Mess When You Smash That Window In Protest
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Try Not to Make a Mess When You Smash That Window In Protest

8 July 2019

Rebecca Benzie Fraser uses Her Naked Skin as an example in the exploration of the different decisions made when it comes to staging violence by women and staging violence against women.

a dark stage with a spotlight into a pit surrounded by two actors bodies
Risk in the Body and World at Warsaw’s Generation After 3 Showcase
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Risk in the Body and World at Warsaw’s Generation After 3 Showcase

19 June 2019

Amanda L. Andrei reflects on Warsaw’s Generation After 3 festival, which had the theme of “risky projects,” and discusses four pieces she saw on risk as it relates to the body and the world.

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Language and Identity in the Welsh-Turkish Play Y Brain/Kargalar
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Language and Identity in the Welsh-Turkish Play Y Brain/Kargalar

12 June 2019

Emily Garside discusses Y Brain/Kargalar, in which the playwright, Turkish refugee Meltem Arikan, who settled in Wales, explores her conflicting identities. 

performers onstage
Towards a Sustainable Aesthetic Theory
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Towards a Sustainable Aesthetic Theory

Climate and Rasa

26 March 2019

Erin B. Mee examines how using the Sanskrit aesthetic theory of rasa—rather than the aesthetic theory of catharsis—is a necessary step when it comes to creating sustainable theatre.

The Art Part: A Two-Person Theatre Conference
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The Art Part: A Two-Person Theatre Conference

with Todd London and Mark Valdez

Thursday 14 February 2019
New York City

Mark Valdez and Todd London created a two-person, livestreaming theatre conference that took place on Valentine’s Day to talk about the love of theatre, the art of the ensemble, the art of the playwright, the art of civic engagement, and the ways we carry artistic lineage and legacy into the future.

This was a way to explore questions they’ve been posing to each other over the years as colleagues and friends, questions not about survival or problems in the theatre, but questions about the art itself. This “conference,” then, is meant as a call to conversation, theirs and, we hope, yours, about the artform we love.

Mark and Todd issued a challenge to all listeners to hold artistic conversations of their own, large or small, public or private, before 1 May 2019.  Please let us know if you’re taking the challenge and let us know when you’ve had your conversation.  Write us as theartpart@howlround.com.

The Emergence of Neuro-Theatre
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The Emergence of Neuro-Theatre

6 February 2019

Edward Einhorn looks at the innovation inherent to neuro-theatre and how various artists have creatively presented the neurological conditions their plays explore.

a man holding a TV frame on his head
Against the New Play
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Against the New Play

(or, What Is Theatre For?)

3 December 2018

Rob Onorato talks about boredom as an audience member, the uninspired play, what film has going for it that theatre does not, and more.

a group of people on stage
ConeXión and Aesthetic Resistance at the 2018 Latinx Theatre Commons Carnaval
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ConeXión and Aesthetic Resistance at the 2018 Latinx Theatre Commons Carnaval

6 August 2018

Regan Postma-Montaño reports on the 2018 Latinx Theatre Commons' Carnaval of New Latinx Work, which took place on 19-21 July in Chicago, Illinois.

Eating the Rich
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Eating the Rich

Sweeney Todd’s Vicious Capitalism

18 June 2018

Cassidy Dawn Graves writes about the anti-capitalist narrative present in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and the significance of producing the musical in 2018.

Symphonie Fantastique and the Triumph and Trap of Puppetry
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Symphonie Fantastique and the Triumph and Trap of Puppetry

5 April 2018

Jonathan Mandell reflects on the twentieth anniversary production of Basil Twist's Symphonie Fastastique at HERE Arts Center in New York City.

A Day with Meredith Monk
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A Day with Meredith Monk

Monday 2 April 2018

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented A Day with Meredith Monk livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 2 April at 5:30 p.m. EDT (New York) / 4:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 2:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco). Follow @HowlRound on Twitter for updates, and use #howlround.

In Kraków, Good Ghosts and Bad at the 2017 Divine Comedy Festival
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In Kraków, Good Ghosts and Bad at the 2017 Divine Comedy Festival

13 March 2018

Robert Duffley reflects on four shows from the 2017 Divine Theatre Comedy Festival in Kraków, Poland.